// John Lewis Partnership’s overall sales declines 3.8% in week ending January 11
// Waitrose weekly sales down 2.5%
// John Lewis weekly sales slides 5.8%
John Lewis Partnership has recorded a decline in weekly sales despite growing demand around Veganuary and Dry January and another week of Clearance sales.
For the week ending January 11, overall sales for the parent company of John Lewis and Waitrose dropped 3.8 per cent year-on-year, from £212.47 million to £204.38 million.
The year-to-date figure remains unchanged from last week, with sales slipping 0.5 per cent.
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Total sales at John Lewis on its own were down 5.8 per cent as customer shopping for bargains slowed during the second week of Clearance.
The retailer said mild weather impacted fashion sales, although there was strong demand for new spring products.
Overall fashion sales at the department store were down 1.5 per cent, despite an 8.7 per cent uptick in womenswear sales.
Home sales dropped 13.6 per cent, impacted by annualising a strong competitor promotion that John Lewis price matched.
Meanwhile, electrical and home technology sales were down 2.8 per cent.
At Waitrose, total sales excluding fuel were 2.5 per cent lower than the same week last year.
Vegan sales were up 13 per cent as Veganuary entered its second full week, while low and no alcohol drinks surged by 27 per cent as customers take part in Dry January.
However, overall the grocer said ambient sales decreased 2.6 per cent, chilled and fresh food sales slid 1.9 per cent, and home and general merchandise sales dropped 9.1 per cent.